If you’re game to embrace the cold temperatures and snow this season, you’ll find there are many U.S. destinations that allow you to enjoy and celebrate the holidays in style. In order to help you choose where to visit, we’ve narrowed down our list to the top five cold weather destinations in the U.S. In addition to scores of local attractions, these cities are also home to some of our most popular Cloud 9 Living Christmas experiences.
As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago offers a dazzling array of attractions no matter the season. Chicago sits on Lake Michigan, which gives its infamous wind a bite in the winter. Temperatures are usually in the high 30s in December, so bring a heavy coat with you when you visit, and you’ll be ready for a Chi-Town adventure!
Check out the museums, music venues, theaters, and top-notch dining. Add a Cloud 9 Living experience to make it truly memorable: from a Prohibition Cocktail Tour to Indoor Skydiving, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you warm. Or come back in the summer for an unforgettable Gourmet Champagne Lunch Cruise.
One of the Twin Cities (along with its neighbor, St. Paul), Minneapolis is a vibrant city that’s tough enough to keep moving all winter long. And winters are long! The temperature in December sits around just 27 degrees, but that doesn’t keep locals from enjoying a host of activities.
World-class cuisine, three major sports arenas, and an unbeatable parks system make Minneapolis an attractive place to visit. Thanks to Cloud 9 Living, you can find some unique adventures too. Here’s an original gift idea, perfect for the grown man in your life with a strong inner child: Play With Heavy Machinery! Relax with a Couple’s Massage, Learn to Fly, or take a Food Tour. There’s something for everyone.
One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston sits on the New England coastline and gets its fair share of icy ocean blasts during the winter. However, people have been living there long enough to know a thing or two about staying warm and having fun during the cold season, and it shows! Boston is packed with locals and tourists alike year-round.
Music, literature, and the arts flourish in this historic city, but there are options for the adrenaline-seeker too—Fly a Helicopter, Drive a Stock Car, or go Whale Watching. You can also find experiences for her that make great Christmas gifts. Give her the VIP treatment with a Wine Tour, enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner Tour together, or treat her to a SpaFinder Wellness Gift Certificate.
There’s never a bad time to visit the Big Apple. New York is a city bursting with endless possibilities, even during the winter when temperatures are typically in the low 40s. As a waterfront city, New York gets its share of precipitation and chilly temps, but with so much to do, you’ll barely notice the cold.
From the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, there are plenty of iconic ways to spend the holidays in New York. Cloud 9 Living offers fun and unique options that will take you off the well-beaten path. If you’re looking for the perfect romantic evening but not sure exactly what she wants, gift her the New York Date Night and let her choose! Why settle for just one restaurant when you can sample several with the Best of Brooklyn Food Tour? Or channel your inner James Bond and Learn to Drive Like a Spy.
Known as the Mile High City, Denver sits at a high elevation (5,280 feet, to be exact). And you don’t have to travel far from downtown to get to even greater heights in the stunning Rocky Mountains. Best of all, the Denver metro area averages a mild 47 degrees in December (but expect temperatures to drop quickly when you head for the hills).
There are many ways to hit the slopes, even if skiing isn’t your thing. Enjoy the thrill of a High Performance Snowmobile Tour or step things up a notch and combine it with zip lining. You can slow down the pace a bit and soak up the scenery with a Rocky Mountain Snowshoe Tour or stick to the city and enjoy a Microbrew Tour in the “Napa Valley of Beer.”
There’s all kinds of fun to be had this winter! So pack your warmest gear, round up your family and closest friends, and show Santa you can brave the cold right along with the best of them.
(Still not convinced? Not to worry — we’ve also put together our list of top five warm weather U.S. destinations for the holidays.)